Back to School Letter 2019-2020

Dear Crystal Springs Families, 

I want to officially welcome all of you to the 2019-2020 school year! For those of you who are new to our school, I want you to know that you are coming to an absolutely wonderful place. I am excited for another amazing year at Crystal Springs.  My goal as Principal of Crystal Springs is to guide and support our staff and students to reach their highest potential and to make Every Moment Matter, in a safe and nurturing environment.

We are so excited to have a new Assistant Principal join our team- Joey Kolattukudy.  He is excited to serve the community of Crystal Springs. He joins the Crystal Springs family from South Kitsap School district where he was an elementary and middle school assistant principal as well as an interim principal. He looks forward to forging lasting relationships with students, staff, and families of Crystal Springs Elementary. Please feel free to reach out to him with questions, concerns, and just generally to say hello.  

 Our teachers and staff at Crystal Springs are caring, innovative, and always learning something new for the benefit of your children.  We look forward to creating a wonderful partnership in ensuring a productive and fun educational experience for your child(ren).  We believe that building strong relationships between home and school is a key factor in increasing student achievement.

As principal, my door is always open and I welcome your input. I strongly believe that parental involvement is an essential component to student success, as research continues to show strong correlation between increased involvement and high student success.   I invite you to join Mr. Kolattukudy (Assistant Principal) and me at Popsicles with the Principals:  Wednesday, August 21st, 6:00-7:00 pm @ Crystal Springs playground.


Anne Nielsen

SCHOOL HOURS:  9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Students may be dropped off anytime after 9:20.  
Reminder- collaboration Wednesday hours will be 9:30-2:30.  

Please mark these important dates on your calendar:

            August 21st- Popsicles with the Principals- 6:00- 7:00 pm at Cedar Groves Park

            August 25th- Community Serve Day (look below for more information)

            August 26th- Kindergarten Camp, 9:30-12:00

            August 28th- Back to School Picnic and Meet the Teacher- 12:00- 1:00

            September 4th- first day of school for Grades 1- 5, 9:30- 4:00

            September 4th- 6th- Kindergarten family meetings

            September 9th and 10th- first day of school for Kindergarten (½ and ½) 

            September 11th - first day for ALL Kindergarten students

            September 13th- PTA Back to School Social- 5:30- 7:30 pm

            September 17th- Curriculum Night- Grades K and 5th - 6:00-7:00, and PTA meeting at 7:00

            September 24th- Curriculum Night- Grades 1st and 2nd- 5:30- 6:30

                                                                             - Grades 3rd and 4th-- 6:30- 7:30



The Crystal Springs staff is excited to welcome your child back to school.  Classroom placement postcards will be available on Wednesday, August 28th, beginning at 11:45.  Parents may pick up their child’s placement card at that time.  If you are picking up a placement card for a friend, we must have written permission from that parent.  Unclaimed placement cards will be mailed on August 28th after the picnic.  Otherwise, we are not allowed to provide placement information.  Thank you for your understanding.  Your child will be able to see their classroom from 12:00-12:30 and then we invite you for a picnic lunch around the campus from 12:30-1:00.

(*bring a sack lunch)


On the first day of school, please check your child’s backpack for FIRST DAY packets.  These are going home with each child.  Some information will need to be filled out and returned to the classroom teacher as soon as possible.  Information is student specific and will need to be filled out and returned for each of your children.


We all look forward to celebrating your excitement about the upcoming year.  There will be some familiar faces as well as some new ones.  I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you our tentative staffing assignments.

Kindergarten:  Mrs. Hemp/Mrs. Beck, Mrs. Li-Green, Mrs. Manabat, Mrs. Rhoades, and Ms. Voss

1st Grade:  Ms. Gregersen, Mrs. Hogue/Mrs. Sharp, Ms. Penski, Ms. Shoucair, 

and Ms. Zimmerman

2nd Grade:  Ms. Nash, Ms. Williams, Mrs. Robinson, Ms. Hottowe, Mrs. Baunsgard

3rd Grade:  Ms. Hansen, Mr. Herholdt, Mrs. Moll, and Ms. Potter

4th Grade:  Mrs. Ames, Ms. Romano, Ms. Thomas, and Mrs. Yoder

5th Grade:  Mrs. Chargualaf, Mr. Rhoades, Mrs. Smith/Mrs. Rance, and Mr. Wright


Transportation will be updating bus route information based on student enrollment.  Pick up and drop off times will be available late August. Information can be found on the transportation web page.  Go to:

Beginning the first day of school, students should bring a note if they will be parent pick-up or will not be riding the bus.  Otherwise, students will be placed on the bus.

Drop off and pick up will continue to be the NORTH parking lot only.  Buses and daycare vans will continue to use the main parking lot.  For those new to Crystal Springs, please see the video on the school website for more information about drop off and pick-up procedures. As a reminder, if you choose to drive your child(ren) to or from school, please note our parking lot drop off procedures:

  • Drop off begins after 9:20 am
  • Only use the far NORTH parking lot for student drop off- students may not be dropped off in the bus zone or by the south portable as this is our bus and childcare drop area
  • Pull forward as far as possible along the drop off curb
  • Park in designated spots only, space is limited in our drop off area and to keep traffic moving there is not parking here.
  • Bus riders- the school must have a note if your child is not riding the bus- otherwise they will be placed on their bus. 



The My School Menus mobile app is available in the iTunes App Store and Google Play.  The My School Menus app allows parents and students to access nutrition information and the school meal programs directly from their smartphones and tablets.  Don’t have a smartphone?  You can get the same information by visiting the district website or

On this website anyone is able to:

  • View Nutritional information on all meal components served at lunch
  • Translate the menu into many different languages as needed
  • Determine, using “build a meal”, food choices to meet personal dietary needs
  • Filter food choices by allergens

2019-2020 NEW Lunch Prices:

Breakfast:  K-5,  $2.05,  Free/Reduced breakfast K-5 - Free

Lunch:  K-5,  $3.30 (includes milk),  Free/Reduced lunches  $.40 Grades 4,5; K-3, Free

Milk only,  $.50



These can now be completed online.  The online applications will be available in English and Spanish on the Northshore School District website at:
The application only takes a few minutes and is the fastest, easiest way to get approved.

Paper applications are also available in the school office and at the district office.  


Qualifying for free and reduced lunch also ensures your child receives financial support for school items such as sports, 5th grade camp and field trips.



This year over 220 students pre-ordered school supply kits.  These will be delivered to your child’s classroom by August 28th.  If you did not pre-order kits, school supply lists can be found on our school website or in the main office.  Please mark everything with your child’s name unless otherwise noted.

If, due to financial reasons your child is in need of a backpack this year, community organizations have generously donated some backpacks for families at Crystal Springs.These will be available in the main office after August 19th.  If you would like to donate any school supplies, donations can be brought to the office or given to your child’s teacher.  


Each year over 100 volunteers help put the final touches on the Crystal Springs campus.  Volunteers help with weeding, pruning, and classroom jobs.  We would love to have you join us!  Join staff and community members on Sunday, August 25th from 9:00am - 1:00 pm.  More information can be found at  We hope you can lend a hand for our school community.


August 26, 2019 from 9:30-12:00

 The kindergarten teachers are WILD about learning and want to trek through Crystal Springs with our new students. Parents, drop off incoming kindergarten students at 9:30 am in the gym.  Nurse Jamey will be on campus for dropping off medicine and immunizations.  

 Kindergarten placement will be determined after Kindergarten Camp.  Placement postcards with teacher assignment will be mailed to parents on Wednesday, August 28th, along with information for signing up for individual family meet-the-teacher times on September 5th, 6th, and 7th.  Kindergartners start school on Monday, September 9th or 10th.  

 Please email our school secretary, Teresa Skov at if your child is unable to attend.